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Ann McKim Handy (Mrs. Samuel Jacob Ker Handy)


Bust portrait shows Ann McKim Handy (Mrs. Samuel J.K. Handy) as a young woman with brown hair in ringlets and black headband. She wears a white dress with lace trim and yellow-gold shawl under red shawl. The daughter of John McKim, Jr. (1766-1842), one of the most prominent businessmen in Baltimore in first half of the nineteenth century, Ann married attorney Samuel Jacob Ker Handy (1804-1871) on August 10, 1837. From 1854-1859, the couple lived in California while Samuel pursued his law practice. Upon their return in February 1859, he returned to his work as an attorney and was heavily involved in local city politics throughout the 1860s. The couple had no children.


circa 1837


Oil on canvas


43 x 37 inches

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Attributed to William Edward West. Descended in family to Louise Wallace Hazelhurst Wharton (Mrs. Lawrence Richardson Wharton, Sr.), great-great niece of the sitter, and then to her son (donor) .

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Gift of Dr. Lawrence R. Wharton, Jr., in memory of his mother, Mrs. Lawrence R. Wharton, Sr.

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